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Deanna Joy Lyons has a wonderful way to take the money you plan to spend on Valentine’s Day gifts — typically a way to “show your love” for one person — and turn it into a way to show your love for a whole class of GLBT victims.

Instead of wasting that money on one day’s worth of superficial gestures, we are pledging to donate the amount we would have spent to achieving lasting equality for everyone.

We are choosing to donate to the Human Rights Campaign. From their website: “HRC seeks to improve the lives of LGBT Americans by advocating for equal rights and benefits in the workplace, ensuring families are treated equally under the law and increasing public support among all Americans through innovative advocacy, education and outreach programs.”

If you give a $35 donation, someone will get a “cuddly, Rainbow Equality Bear” along with the membership.

Even if you’re not a fan of the HRC, then consider donating to another pro-marriage-equality group.

Personally, I’d much rather receive a gift membership to a worthy nonprofit group than some V-day present I won’t remember a week or two later.

Then again, I’m also a guy…

Ok, ok, get her the chocolate she craves. And toss in the membership along with it. You’ll have the best of both worlds.